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Go Big Obama

  1. 1. August 30, 2011President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500Dear Mr. President,The announcement that you will be presenting a jobs plan for the country could not have come ata more crucial moment. The number one problem America faces today is the jobs crisis.A problem this serious needs a plan to match it in scope. Tax cuts and incentives for corporationshave repeatedly failed to put Americans back to work. It is time to move beyond these half-measures designed to appeal to a narrow ideological minority who have repeatedlyshown their unwillingness to negotiate and their disinterest in real solutions. History—andproven economics—tells us that any plan to solve our job crisis needs to be big, bold, and createjobs directly.With 25 million Americans out of work, or only able to find part-time work when they want andneed full time jobs, aggressive action is needed. Representative Jan Schakowsky’s "EmergencyJobs to Restore the American Dream Act" is an example of the kind of bold step that we need totake as a country and that you should include as part of your broader jobs agenda. It woulddecrease unemployment 1.3 percent by directly creating more than 2 million jobs, including jobsfor construction workers to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and for educators, health careworkers, firefighters, and police, to strengthen our communities.Across the political spectrum, Americans are united in calling for the government to create jobsand on how we can pay for this investment in our economic recovery: Raise taxes on thewealthy, so that they pay their fair share again.Recently, more than 130,000 ordinary Americans joined together to create a vision to rebuild theAmerican Dream. The ideas they laid out in the Contract for the American Dream are the bestway forward for our country. They include investing in American infrastructure, education,green technology, and healthcare; a return to fairer tax rates; ensuring that workers have livingwages and the right to organize; and keeping our democracy accountable and responsive to theAmerican people. This is how to keep our country, our democracy, and our economy strong.At this pivotal moment for our nation we need you to present a vision based on these principles.And we need a plan that asks the rich and corporations to pay their fair share so we canreinvest in American workers and communities and rebuild the American Dream.Sincerely,
  2. 2. Erica PaynePresident, The Agenda ProjectNan Aron,President, Alliance for JusticeJoan Fitz-GeraldPresident, America VotesGregg S. Rosen, CPNLPPresident/Co-Founder, The American 99ers UnionMichael J. WilsonNational Director, Americans for Democratic ActionDavid A. Strauss, Executive DirectorAssociation of Farmworker Opportunity ProgramsMelanie CampbellPresident & CEO and Convener, Black Womens RoundtableNational Coalition on Black Civic ParticipationJoshua PecthaltPresident, California Federation of TeachersRoger Hickey & Robert BorosageCo-Founders, Campaign for America’s FutureDeepak BhargavaExecutive Director, Center for Community ChangeDean Baker & Mark WeisbrotCo-directors, Center for Economic and Policy ResearchWendy PhilleoExecutive Director, The Center for a New American DreamDeborah WeinsteinExecutive Director, Coalition on Human NeedsLarry CohenPresident, Communications Workers of AmericaDon MathisPresident & CEO, Community Action Partnership
  3. 3. Rick JacobsChair and Founder, Courage CampaignBecky BondPolitical Director, CREDO Action|CREDO MobileJim DeanChair, Democracy for AmericaBob FertikPresident, Democrats.comMiles RapoportPresident, DēmosLeonila VegaExecutive Director, Direct Care AllianceRev. Dr. Ken Brooker LangstonDirector, Disciples Justice Action NetworkJakada ImaniExecutive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.Courtney HightCo-Executive Director, Energy Action Coalition/Power ShiftEthan Rome,Executive Director, Health Care for America Now!Bob CrittendenExecutive Director, Herndon AllianceKim BoboExecutive Directive, Interfaith Worker JusticeJohn CavanaghDirector, Institute for Policy StudiesHarry WaisbrenCo-Founder, Jobs PartySarita GuptaExecutive Director, Jobs with JusticeSam BlairNetwork Director, The Main Street Alliance
  4. 4. Justin RubenExecutive Director, MoveOn.orgDr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.,National Chair, The National Congress of Black WomenJanet MurguíaPresident and CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)Susan ScanlanChair, National Council of Women’s OrganizationsAi-jen PooExecutive Director, National Domestic Workers AllianceDennis Van RoekelPresident, National Education AssociationChristine L. OwensExecutive Director, National Employment Law ProjectRea CareyExecutive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task ForceTerry O’NeillPresident, National Organization for WomenGreg SpeeterFounder, National Priorities ProjectSimone Campbell, SSSExecutive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice LobbyJohn Sellers, Andrew Boyd & Chuck CollinsCo-Founders, The Other 98%Leslie MoodyExecutive Director, The Partnership for Working FamiliesKevin MartinExecutive Director, Peace ActionMichael B. KeeganPresident, People For the American Way
  5. 5. Angela Glover BlackwellFounder and CEO, PolicyLinkDarcy BurnerExecutive Director, ProgressiveCongress.orgTim CarpenterNational Director, Progressive Democrats of AmericaBarry KendallExecutive Director, Progressive Ideas NetworkHeather BoothProgressive LeaderAnn PrattExecutive Director, Progressive States NetworkRobert WeissmanPresident, Public CitizenVan JonesPresident, Rebuild The DreamMary Kay HenryPresident, SEIUHashi ShafiExecutive Director, Somali Action AllianceBob KingPresident, The United Auto Workers International UnionBrian MillerExecutive Director, United for a Fair EconomyWilliam McNaryPresident, USActionMichael EisenscherNational Coordinator, U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW)Ryan ClaytonCo-Founder, USuncut.org
  6. 6. Joe SzakosExecutive Director, Virginia OrganizingSandy NewmanPresident, Voices for ProgressAndrew TerrellExecutive Director, Vote on Jobs CampaignJoan KurianskyExecutive Director, Wider Opportunities for WomenJulie BurtonPresident, Womens Media CenterKaren NussbaumExecutive Director, Working America